Netball welcomes Senate Inquiry into Women in Sport

Netball has welcomed the Australian Government’s response to the recommendations of the report, About time! Women in sport and recreation in Australia.

The Government’s response to the 2006 report outlines action taken by the Australian Government since the report’s release, its current priorities and future agenda in this area with a focus on increasing the participation rates of women and girls in sport.

Their strategies have resulted in increased participation rates across Australia, an improvement reflected in New South Wales with Netball NSW member numbers increasing to over 111,000 registered members, up from approximately 107,000 in 2006.

Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer congratulated Sports Minister Kate Lundy on addressing this critical issue for sport.

“We welcome the report.  We look forward to working with the sport industry and the Australian and State and Territory governments to implement these initiatives that will provide greater opportunities for women and girls to participate in sport and active recreation.”

The Senate Inquiry report outlined the importance of female participation in Australian sport at both grass roots and professional levels, with Minister for Sport Kate Lundy emphasising the importance of encouraging more women and girls to become involved.

“The Government’s response to the report, and the practical initiatives I have announced today, are an important step towards equal participation and recognition for women in sport,” Senator Lundy said.

A copy of the Australian Government’s response to the report is available at http://www.regional.gov.au/sport/resources/reports/index.aspx